16-04-1932 Rangers (N) Scottish Cup Final




Saturday, 16th. April, 1932, Hampden Park, Glasgow. Kilmarnock faced Rangers. Killie won the toss - Rangers would kick-off against the strong wind. In their third appearance in the Scottish Cup Final in 12 years Killie fielded a side with five previous winners in their ranks - unusual for any team outside the Old Firm - and there was little to choose between them and the Light Blues until Maxwell put Killie ahead three minutes from the break, scrambling the ball home in a goalmouth mêlée.
Bob McPhail equalised six minutes into the second half then - an amazing occurrence in a Scottish Cup Final for Rangers - had another effort chalked off for offside. A late attempt by Maxwell was cleared off the line. The game finished 1-1. (Attendance, 111,982.)

The Glasgow Herald (Monday, 18th. April): "English (Rangers) got few opportunities and of the two centre forwards Maxwell was the more impressive on the day's play.....Then Maxwell had two chances to make history; he missed both. On the first occasion, evidently blinded by the sun, he over-ran the ball; on the second he was charged down by Simpson.... Aitken shot the ball strongly along the ground into(wards the) goal. Maxwell had no time to turn, so he back-heeled the ball, which seemed to strike a defender, rise into the air, and rebound from the crossbar. A scrimmage followed, from which Maxwell sent the ball into the net." Killie had chances as the second half progressed but it was not to be. "Maxwell diddled McAulay and Simpson, and as he ran in on goal, the latter gripped his ankle and brought him down." The Glasgow press concluded that Rangers had played far below form remarking, essentially, that with more composure the Ayrshire outfit could have "easily ... repeated their surprise (win) of three years ago." Kilmarnock share of the "gate" of the two games would "put them on their feet financially."
The Hampden replay kicked off the following Wednesday evening, the 20th. Rangers scored early but the game was always in doubt until they added a second twenty minutes from the end. A third goal five minutes later completed the scoring. The Glasgow Herald, 21st. April: "Kilmarnock were well beaten... Rangers played a far better game ... Maxwell showed some clever touches but he suffered from lack of support." Rangers won the Cup - McEwan, Kilmarnock captain, claimed the match ball. (Attendance, 105,695 - a record on the day for a mid-week match.)



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